Hannah VanDress and Marleen Sinsel are new to the Bishop Verot girls swimming program, but learned early district championships are the standard. With expectations like that, everyone on the the team needs to make a contribution.
VanDress, a freshman, and Sinsel, a German exchange student, did just that as a part of two winning relay teams Wednesday at the District A-9 championship meet at the Fort Myers Aquatic Center where Verot successfully defended its title.
“It feels really nice to be a part of such a close, hard-working group,” VanDress said. “It’s just a great family.”
The Vikings swept the relay events en route to 576 points. Community School of Naples (369) took second while Oasis Charter (252) finished third followed by Canterbury (188) and Evangelical Christian to round out the top 5.
Sinsel and VanDress were joined by Florencia Almada and Amanda Reeter on the 200-yard medley team that clocked in at 1:58.70. They then teamed up with Teresa Niehaus and Almada to close the meet with a 3:49.19 in the 400 freestyle relay.
Verot also beat out Oasis in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:48.40.
First-year Vikings coach Jason Baumgardner won his first district title after taking over for former coach Jim Quinn.
“They just picked up where they left off,” Baumgardner said.
Sinsel noticed something special about the Vikings during the first day of practice.
“You could just see how much team spirit they had,” Sinsel said. “They expect your best every day. It really motivates you.”
Alexandra Iglesias picked up a crucial 20 points for Verot in the diving competition Tuesday while Olivia Humpel won the 100 backstroke (1:04.28). Almada and VanDress took second and third, respectively, in both the 200 and 500 freestyle events.
Reeter, Shae Clifton and Sinsel finished 2-3-4 in the 200 individual medley.
The Vikings head to regionals next weekend at the Selby Aquatic Center in Sarasota.
“We really feel like we can place,” Niehaus said. “We definitely think we’ve worked hard enough so that we can bring home a title.”
In the boys competition, Verot paid the consequences for not having a diver as it fell to Seacrest Country Day by 10 points. Community School (328) placed third and ECS (298) took fourth.
Seacrest trotted out University of Florida commit Alex Farrow, who won the diving event Tuesday.
Verot’s Santiago Corredor dominated the 200 and 500 freestyle competitions and combined with Lee Bowman, Matthew Strickland and Stanislav Van Genderen to win the 200 and 400 freestyle relays
“It’s a little disappointing to be runner-up, because we have high expectations,” Bowman said. “But we all support each other and push each other to be better. And we’ll be better next week.”
District A-9 swimming
Seacrest Country Day 351, Bishop Verot 341, Community School 328, Evangelical Christian 298, Oasis 187, Southwest Florida Christian 151, Canterbury 149, St. John Neumann 93
200 medley relay: ECS, 1:51.76
200 free: Santiago Corredor (BV), 1:45.56
200 IM: Joshua Harriott (SFCA) 2:08.35
50 free: Joey Wisser (Seacrest), 24.31
Diving: Alex Farrow (Seacrest), 463.05
100 butterfly: Andrew Mills (ECS), 54.18
100 free: Joey Wisser (Seacrest), 54.88
500 free: Santiago Corredor (BV), 4:42.65
200 free relay: Bishop Verot, 1:48.40
100 backstroke: Andrew Mills (ECS) 57.45
100 breastroke: Michael Walch (Oasis), 1:03.09
400 freestyle relay: Bishop Verot 3:33.95
Bishop Verot 576, Community School 369, Oasis 252, Canterbury 188, Evangelical Christian 155, St. John Neumann 132, Marco Island Academy 105, Seacrest Country Day 100, Southwest Florida Christian 86
200 medley relay: Bishop Verot, 1:58.70
200 freestyle: Emma Feehery (CSN), 1:56.25
200 IM: Karen Liu (CSN) 2:10.58
50 free: Kasey Bersh (MIA), 25.82
Diving: Alexandra Iglesias (BV), 343.90
100 butterfly: Karen Liu (CSN), 59.49
100 free: Kasey Bersh (MIA) 56.03
500 free: Emma Feehery (CSN), 5:04.91
200 free relay: Bishop Verot, 1:48.40
100 backstroke: Olivia Humpel (BV) 1:04.28
100 breastroke: Lisa Cottage-Rammick (MIA), 1:09.79
400 free relay: Bishop Verot, 3:49.19